Coolmore Stud Stakes on the Radar for Deep Field's Portland Sky

Mark Smith - Saturday October 24

The striking Deep Field colt Portland Sky jumped straight to the front and made every post a winner in Saturday’s $200,000 Group III PFD Food Services Red Anchor Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley.

Portland Sky stretches out  (Natasha Morello/Racing Photos)

Trainer Matt Laurie said he was considering scratching Portland Sky due to the soft track. However, the lightly raced colt never looked in danger at any stage as Ben Melham guided him to a three-quarter length win over the honest Pride Of Dubai filly Bella Nipotina with a further back to the Street Boss (USA) gelding Valaquenta.

Portland Sky made a winning debut over 1000m on the Ballarat Synthetic on August 25 before finishing close-up at Caulfield and Flemington at his last two starts.

Laurie said the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington is on the radar.

 “I felt like he’s a group horse and we’re going to strike a wet track at some point,” Laurie said.

“I still don’t actually think he handled it to be honest, so it’s very good to get the win.

“He always felt like a quality horse. Throughout this preparation he has just continued to improve and I think he’s just going to keep doing that. We have a really good horse.

“We’re not nominated (for the Coolmore) but we’ll certainly see how he pulls up. We are very mindful it’s his first preparation and we want to look after him.

“It may not be the right thing, but if he’s jumping out of his skin, you never know.”

Consigned by Alwyn Park Stud, as agent for Anita Vale Stud, Portland Sky was purchased by his trainer for $85,000 at the 2019 Perth Yearling Sale.

Portland Sky an $85,000 Magic Millions Perth yearling

He is the first live foal of the Shrewd Rhythm mare Sky Rumba who is a half-sister to multiple Listed winner London line out of a half-sister to triple Group 1 winner Scenic Shot.

Sky Rumba has a 2yo colt by Blackfriars who was a $170,000 purchase by Simon Miller Racing at this year’s Perth Magic Millions.

Sky Rumba has a yearling filly by Sessions and foaled a colt by Universal Ruler on September 20.

Portland Sky becomes the sixth stakes-winner for Deep Field who commands at fee of $55,000 at Newgate Farm this spring.

Deep Field


Race Result - Pfd Food Serv. Red Anchor Stks Gr3 1200m

Moonee Valley Track: Soft(7) Time: 1:12.95
Portland Sky
T: M M Laurie J: B Melham 57
3c Deep Field (AUS) x Sky Rumba (AUS) (Shrewd Rhythm (AUS))
MM Perth Yearling Sale Book 1 $85,000
V:Alwyn Park Stud Serpentine WA
B: Matt Laurie Racing
Bella Nipotina
T: T Dabernig & B Hayes J: M Rodd 56.5
3f Pride Of Dubai (AUS) x Bella Orfana (AUS) (Star Witness (AUS))
Pride Of Dubai
Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale Book 1 $80,000
V:Rosemont Stud, Gnarwarre
B: Lindsay Park Racing / Andrew Williams Bloodstock / Mt Hallowell Stud
T: James Cummings J: M Zahra 57
3g Street Boss (USA) x Yavanna (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
T: G M Begg J: Jordan Childs 56.5
3f Hinchinbrook (AUS) x Tempest Tost (AUS) (Statue Of Liberty (USA))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $45,000
V:Middlebrook Valley Lodge, Scone
B: Neville Begg Investments Pty Ltd
Free To Move
T: K & K Keys J: L Currie 57
3g Unencumbered (AUS) x Canhill (AUS) (Dangerous (AUS))
Inglis Melbourne Gold Yearling Sale $8,000
V:Bucklee Farm, Greta West
B: K Keys
Rock The Ring
T: T Dabernig & B Hayes J: J Mott 57
3c Reward For Effort (AUS) x Suzebabe (AUS) (Testa Rossa (AUS))
Tarcoola Diva
T: Gemma Rielly J: J Bowditch 55
3f Cluster (AUS) x Explosive Cross (AUS) (Bernardini (USA))
Ice Ice Baby
T: Ms W Kelly J: Jamie Kah 57
3g Reward For Effort (AUS) x Rosie On Ice (AUS) (Hinchinbrook (AUS))
Inglis Great Southern Sale - Weanlings $5,000
V:Ponderosa Park, Nathalia
B: Ken King Thoroughbreds
Rhode Scholar
T: T Busuttin & N Young J: M J Walker 57
3c Zoustar (AUS) x Testy (AUS) (Testa Rossa (AUS))
NZB Ready To Run Sale $400,000
V:Kilgravin Lodge
B: Busuttin Racing
MM National Yearling Sale Book 1 $200,000
V:Esker Lodge Beremboke Vic
B: Emerald Bloodstock
MM National Weanling Sale $220,000
V:Yarramalong Park Kalbar Qld
B: RPD Bloodstock
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